Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Those who have the supreme power of making laws in England, France, or Holland, are to an Indian, but like the rest of the world, men without authority: and therefore, if by the law of nature every man hath not a power to punish offences against it, as he soberly judges the case to require, I see not how the magistrates of any community can punish an alien of another country; since, in reference to him, they can have no more power than what every man naturally may have over another.

John Locke: The Second Treatise Of Civil Government

good ol' philosophy 110, right?

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